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Cleveland at Detroit

W: F. Carmona (1-0) L: J. Bonderman (1-2)
HR: CLE - T. Hafner (7)   DET - None

Indians pound Bonderman, give Carmona first victory

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

DETROIT -- Fausto Carmona left quite an impression in his major league debut.

The 22-year-old allowed one run in six innings to lead the Cleveland Indians to a 7-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Saturday.

Carmona (1-0), recalled from Triple-A Buffalo to replace C.C. Sabathia (abdominal strain), gave up five hits to help the Indians snap a three-game losing streak. He walked two and struck out four.

"He was very good," Cleveland manager Eric Wedge said. "He had a power sinker working and he did a good job of utilizing his breaking ball as well as his changeup."

Carmona got just as much praise from the other clubhouse.

"It's always tough when you don't even have tape of a pitcher, but this kid's different," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "I was very impressed. He's the real deal."

While Carmona shined, Detroit starter Jeremy Bonderman (1-2) struggled. He lost his second start in a row, giving up seven runs and eight hits with a walk in 3 2/3 innings. The Tigers have lost five of six since a 5-0 start.

"I got my butt kicked, plain and simple," he said. "I didn't give us a chance to win the game."

Travis Hafner hit a two-run homer in the first and sparked Cleveland's five-run fourth inning with a leadoff double. Hafner's seventh home run moved him into a tie for the major league lead with Detroit's Chris Shelton.

"I think it was great for Haf to get us going early, especially with a young pitcher on the mound," Wedge said. "Bonderman is an outstanding young pitcher as well, but we had some good at-bats against him."

Ben Broussard drove in Hafner in the fourth with a one-out single. Ron Belliard walked, and Ramon Vazquez followed with his first hit of the season, an RBI single to make it 4-0.

Casey Blake drove in another run with a base hit, and after Grady Sizemore grounded into a force play, Todd Hollandsworth's two-run double made it 7-0. Jordan Tata then relieved Bonderman and got Jhonny Peralta to fly out to end the inning.

Hollandsworth also gave Carmona some help in the field, reaching over the left-field fence to rob Marcus Thames of a two-run homer in the fourth.

"I was able to get back to the wall and get a gauge on it," he said. "I was actually waiting for it to come down. I made a good jump and brought it back."

The Tigers loaded the bases against Carmona in the fifth and sixth, but only got one run out of it -- Brandon Inge's sacrifice fly in the sixth inning.

"I'm very happy -- I feel great," Carmona said through an interpreter. "I was just keeping the ball down and moving the ball in and out."

Omar Infante doubled in a run in the eighth for the Tigers, who finished with seven hits.

"We've got no excuses - we just have to remember that we are a better team than that," Craig Monroe said.


  • Indians C Victor Martinez extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a first-inning single.
  • Monroe struck out in his first three at-bats then singled in the ninth to snap his streak of six consecutive strikeouts.
  • The Indians placed reliever Fernando Cabrera (heel) on the disabled list to make room for Carmona, while the Tigers put DH Dmitri Young (quadriceps) on the disabled list and recalled outfielder Alexis Gomez from Triple-A Toledo.
  • Carmona is a product of Cleveland's Dominican Academy.
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Rookie Fausto Carmona, filling in while C.C. Sabathia recuperates, earns a victory in his debut.  (AP)
Rookie Fausto Carmona, filling in while C.C. Sabathia recuperates, earns a victory in his debut. (AP)

Players of the Game

T. Hafner
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1

F. Carmona
IP 6.0
H 5
ER 1
BB 2
K 4

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2B - Todd Hollandsworth 2 (2, Bonderman, Bonderman), Travis Hafner (3, Bonderman)
HR - Travis Hafner (7, Bonderman)
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SB - Grady Sizemore (1, 2nd base off Bonderman/V. Wilson)
Team LOB - 6
DP - Belliard-Peralta-Broussard, Vazquez-Belliard-Broussard
Cleveland Indians
Fausto Carmona (W,1-0) 6511240 1.50
Matt Miller 2111140 3.52
Rafael Betancourt 1100020 4.26
HBP - V. Wilson (by Fausto Carmona)
Pitches-Strikes - Fausto Carmona 88-52, Matt Miller 33-19, Rafael Betancourt 12-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Fausto Carmona 2-10
Batters Faced - Fausto Carmona 24, Matt Miller 8, Rafael Betancourt 4
Detroit Tigers
Curtis Granderson, CF3110103 .262
Omar Infante, 2B4121011 .429
Carlos Guillen, SS4020012 .310
Marcus Thames, DH3000112 .375
Brandon Inge, 3B2001111 .278
Chris Shelton, 1B4000022 .467
Alexis Gomez, RF4010000 .250
Craig Monroe, LF4010032 .222
Vance Wilson, C3000011 .143
2B - Omar Infante (3, Miller)
SF - Brandon Inge (1)
RBI - Omar Infante (1), Brandon Inge (6)
Team LOB - 7
DP - Guillen-Infante-Shelton
Detroit Tigers
Jeremy Bonderman (L,1-2) 3.2877141 6.23
Jordan Tata 4200320 3.12
Bobby Seay 1.1000020 4.50
Pitches-Strikes - Jeremy Bonderman 72-48, Jordan Tata 71-40, Bobby Seay 13-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeremy Bonderman 4-3, Jordan Tata 5-4, Bobby Seay 1-1
Batters Faced - Jeremy Bonderman 20, Jordan Tata 16, Bobby Seay 4
Game Information
Attendance - 30107
Game Time - 2:38
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Brian Runge, First Base - Paul Emmel, Second Base - Bruce Froemming, Third Base - Mike Winters